Tuesday, May 14, 2002

And now, the Good News

I've just spent some time scouring the blogs, glancing at the headlines, generally looking for the good news in the world of the Church today. Can't seem to find any. Everybody's snarky (me included) or depressed or aggravated or something. There's one big fat cyber argument going on, with everybody shouting. So here's a pause, for the good news:

"Then He said, 'Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.' And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

"So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'"

The passage is from the First Book of Kings, Chapter 19. God's instructions to Elijah after asking him a question are unique to that moment and that place. Amidst the winds, earthquakes, and fire--not to mention the shouting in blogdom--of the present moment, today's good news is just a reminder to myself most of all, to listen for the still, small voice that asks what am I doing here?


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